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Georgia Transgender Men Win Right To Legally Change Their Names

Court of Appeals of Georgia reverses Columbia County decisions on transgender name changes

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The decision came as a complete shock for attorney Beth Littrell and plaintiffs Rowan Feldhaus and Andrew Baumert, who were supposed to present oral arguments to an appellate panel on Feb. 9.

“The court decided it didn’t even need to hear from us,” Littrell said. “The arguments we already presented on paper persuaded it to direct the lower court to grant the name changes.”

Judge David J. Roper denied the men’s requests for name changes in separate 2015 and 2016 decisions, citing the name changes would “confuse and mislead” the public, and demanded the names be gender-neutral enough before granting approval, according to the appellate decision. The Court of Appeals reversed Roper’s decision and directed the lower court to “remand to enter an order” changing their names as requested.

“I was completely off-guard and surprised and I was like, is this a joke? This is too surreal,” Feldhaus, a resident of Grovetown, Georgia, said. “I’m more than happy with what I heard today. I just felt a since of ease come over me and it’s just done. There’s a precedence for this.”

“This request is not unusual and is in line with standard-of-care for treating gender dysphoria, and in line with First Amendment rights,” Littrell said. “The only remarkable think about these cases was the judge denied the request. The judge did so in both cases based on the court’s own ‘policy’ of refusing to approve [of transgender name changes] unless he approved of the name requested.”

The names requested were “too male” for Roper, who decided both of the cases months apart.

“The decisions were almost verbatim the same,” Littrell said.“Name changes are one of the ways in which transgender people live their truth and live authentically. To have the government step in and deny transgender persons the right to live their truth is outrageous, unconstitutional and we wanted to ensure it didn’t happen to another transgender Georgian.”
Source: Georgia Voice

Hate Crime: Transgender Man Followed and Shot in Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA, United States — Police are looking for two suspects in connection with the shooting of a transgender man who was followed after leaving a bar and shot in Philadelphia.

The shooting occurred late Sunday night on Malvern Avenue.

Police say the 21-year-old man had left a bar on 66th Street and Lansdown Avenue when he was approached by a man who fired five times with a handgun.

Initial reports said that the victim was a transgender woman, but Philadelphia police has just confirmed us that the victim identifies as transgender male and prefers the pronouns he/him/his

The victim is in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the hip.

First Openly LGBT Governor Is Elected in America

Kate Brown, Governor of the state of Oregon, is openly bisexual.

Kate Brown and Democrats gather at the Oregon Convention Center for an election night party in Portland on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. / Beth Nakamura - The Oregonian
Kate Brown and Democrats gather at the Oregon Convention Center for an election night party in Portland on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. / Beth Nakamura – The Oregonian

Brown, buoyed by a wave of new voters and a solid edge in Democratic voter registration, jumped to a nearly double-digit lead over Pierce, a Salem cancer doctor making his first bid for elective office.

She thanked supporters during an election-night rally at the Oregon Convention Center, saying, “”No matter how you voted, thank you for making your voices heard, thank you for caring about the future of your state and thank you for your support.”

Kate Brown / Wikipedia
Kate Brown / Wikipedia (Public Domain)

In a speech interrupted by frequent applause, she touched on topics including gun control, mass transit, jobs, the economy, climate change, women’s rights, conservation, the economy and education.

Brown added, “I am so honored to be serving as your governor for the next two years.”

In closing, she said, “”I believe that the times call upon us to take action, and I believe that if we work together we can shape both the place and the times in which we live. Let’s work together to make Oregon, our home, a place where everyone can thrive.”

Brown said before the election she was planning to run again in 2018 if she won.

Pierce, after seeing the first returns, took the stage at the Oregon Republicans election night party at the Salem Convention Center to congratulate Brown “on a hard-fought campaign.”
The state of Oregon is one of the most progressive states in the United States, where LGBT people have the same rights as cisgender heterosexual individuals.
On June 10, 2016, an Oregon circuit court ruled that a resident could legally change their gender to non-binary, which is believed to be  the first ruling of its kind in the United States.

 

Source: The Oregonian

Equality House Vandalised

Kansas, United States — The “Equality House”, owned by Aaron Jackson, Founder of nonprofit organization Planting Peace, has been vandalised.

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A happy place ruined by the hatred of ignorant people. Wikipedia / Davis Hammet – Aaron Jackson (Facebook)

“This happened last night. A sad reminder of how far we have to go. 2 days ago someone shouted “faggot” at me as they drove by. That happens almost every week. Every morning I look out my window to hate speech from the Westboro Baptist Church.” Davis Hammet, from Planting Peace, said.

“Queer folks are bullied, terrorized, assaulted, and murdered all across the United States. Our country continues to deny basic employment and housing protections to LGBTQ folks. Our politicians continue to use the LGBTQ community as a scapegoat and spew dangerous rhetoric that emboldens the hateful fringes of our society. We went from over 3 years without being vandalized to being vandalized twice in a few months.”

RELATED: Pride Flag Launched Into Space To Declare Outer Space As LGBTI-Friendly

“This is an average experience for those marginalized in our society. Many will have much worse happen to them today. Please recognize that we still have so far to go. Please use your power to advocate for a better society for everyone.”

 

This happened last night. A sad reminder of how far we have to go. 2 days ago someone shouted “faggot” at me as they…

Posted by Davis Hammet on Saturday, 22 October 2016

Walk A Mile In Her Shoes: Men Walk in Heels To Support Victims of Domestic Violence

GREEN BAY, United States – A parade of men in high heels lined the streets of downtown Green Bay on Saturday for the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” Men’s March.

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They were supporting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. In 2015 alone, more than 1,000 people in Brown County needed help from the Sexual Assault Center of Family Services, WBAY reports.

The event was raising money to keep the help coming.

Karen Michaels, Golden House Executive Director, said: “If you looked at the people that were here today, there were a lot of kids here,” Michaels said. “We keep it on Saturdays often because we like it to be a family event. We like the kids to understand really strong men are standing up, and they’re taking a stand against domestic violence and sexual assault, and it’s truly important to them.”

Dorff said the men who participated were acting as role models for children.

Hector Frayre, another Green Bay resident, told WBAY that the walk was worth the pain. He said: “Man, my inner thighs are killing me,” he said. “I tippy-toed the whole way. That was a good head’s up I got from someone.”

Golden House Executive Director Karen Michaels said they want victims to feel safe and strong in their own community.

“This is an opportunity for us to talk about how often times victims — and often times women — don’t feel safe in their own community,” Michaels said.

To end the cycle of domestic violence, the group targets the next generation.

 

Source: WBAY 

 

Caitlyn Jenner Should Use the Men’s Bathroom, North Carolina Governor Says

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Caitlyn Jenner / @Caitlyn_Jenner / Twitter

During a debate, moderator Chuck Todd asked North Carolina’s Governor, Pat McCrory, and Attorney General, Roy Cooper, which bathroom should Caitlyn Jenner use.

Loyal to his discriminatory rhetoric, Pat McCrory said that Caitlyn should use the men’s bathroom.

Watch the debate below (~1min. / Youtube)

RELATED: Hurricane Hits and Record Floods NC, Leaves Many Dead, but Governor Pat McCrory keeps Using Public Funds To Discriminate against Transgender Women

 

Why is it So Important to Observe The International Day Of The Girl?

The main goal of the International Day Of The Girl is to increase awareness of gender inequality faced by girls worldwide based upon their gender, as well as to promoting more opportunities for girls, worldwide.

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Refugee Girl at UN Camp dressed up as a Policewoman (Her Dream Job) / Meredith Hutchinson / IRC

Being a girl is far from glamorous. In fact, if you are reading this, you are already very lucky. Statistically speaking, more female babies are aborted than male babies, and young girls have less chances of being educated than boys. In many countries, girls are not allowed to learn how to read and write at a young age.

Millions of girls are at risk of FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) which the United Nations condemned as a violation of human rights.

Even in some developing countries, transgender girls are banned from using public restrooms. And, while the legislations are meant to be a ban on transgender people as a whole –which is still terrible, by the way– they are often only enforced on transgender girls, and not transgender boys.

Girls are more likely to marry very young, in contrast to boys. One every four girls marry before the age of 18.

In many communities, girls are still forced to marry against their wishes.

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Girls can be shunned from their communities when they have their period. Many of them are forced to sleep outside since they are said to be “untouchable.”

Suicide amongst young girls (aged 15-19) continues to be the leading cause of death for young girls, world wide. The 2nd? Maternal death.

In the United States, tampons and pads are still taxed in 39 states, despite them being a necessity and not a luxury.

But if you made it through puberty, dodged getting married young, finished University and found a job, odds are that you are paid less than your male counterparts for doing the exact same thing.

In a speech, American president, Barack Obama, said: “This is the future we are forging: Where women and girls, no matter what they look like or where they are from, can live free from the fear of violence. A future where all girls know they can hold any job, run any company, and compete in any field, let us keep working to build a world that is more just and free — because nothing should stand in the way of strong girls with bold dreams.”

 

Source: The Guardian / Wikipedia

The Story of Pine Leaf: The Rebellious American Warrior Woman Chief Who Had Four Wives.

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“Pine Leaf” was a Native American who was born in 1806 to the Gros Ventres in the midst of an inter-tribal conflict.

She was kidnapped by a raiding party of Crows when she was only ten years old.  A Crow warrior adopted her and raised her as one of his people.

According to historians, she seemed rebellious and did not behave like other girls of her age. She was always eager to acquire the skills which were traditionally perceived as male ones.

Pine Leaf was considered by some to be Two-Spirited, which is  a modern umbrella term used by some indigenous North Americans to describe gay, lesbian, bisexual and gender-variant individuals in their communities.

As she grew older, she became notorious for her exemplary talent in horse riding, marksmanship, and her ability to field-dress a buffalo. However, unlike other Two-Spirits, she wore typical female clothing rather than adopting men’s garments.

She became the leader of her lodge when her father passed away. She earned the respect as a warrior after she proved her skills in a riot with the Blackfoots.

Pine Leaf’s motherly instinct also made her more reliable in defending her people whenever there was a need for it. She would confront threats head on to protect her people. Also, she formed a group of warriors with whom she reportedly attacked the Blackfoot and stole their horses.

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Pine Leaf married four wives, which increased the wealth and prestige of her lodge. She became involved in peace negotiations with other Upper Missouri tribes following the 1851 Treaty of Fort Laramie, and successfully negotiated peace with the Gros Ventres, the tribe of her birth.

Unfortunately, after several years of peace, Pine Leaf was ambushed and killed by a Gros Ventres party.

It is interesting to note that many indigenous western religions have historically included concepts of third or different genders into their narratives.

On the other hand, many middle-eastern religions, including Islam and Christianity, interpret homosexuality and gender identity to be stumbling blocks.

 

by  Eleanor Hope (@elliehopeauthor on Twitter / Facebook)

Source: Wikipedia / Images: Wikipedia (Public Domain)